Free State

Travel to Free State – South Africa’s ‘Bread Basket’

The Free State lies in the heart of South Africa, with the Kingdom of Lesotho nestling in the hollow of its bean-like shape. Between the Vaal River in the north and the Orange River in the south, this immense rolling prairie stretches as far as the eye can see. Small towns display a wonderfully rural way of life and the capital, Bloemfontein, offers big city amenities in a small-town atmosphere.

Known locally as South Africa’s ‘bread basket’, the Free State earth is cultivated by more than 30,000 farms to produce over 70% of South Africa’s grain consumption. It is also home to some of the most productive gold and diamond mines in the world. Many of Free State’s towns display a mix of culture clearly evident in street names, public buildings, monuments and museums. Dressed sandstone buildings abound on the Eastern Highlands, while beautifully decorated Sotho houses dot the grasslands.

  • Witness the spectacular scenery of the Golden Gate Highlands N. Park
  • Follow the ‘Maluti Route’ through the scenic highlands of the Free State
  • Discover the ‘Heritage Route’ and visit Bloemfontein, Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu


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